Picutre of Speciality Food Products

Many Massachusetts growers and food entrepreneurs have interest to start their own business by adding value to farm products or starting a specialty food business. The Department offers consumer information and resources to those looking to start their own company, improve marketing plans, or attend trade events to showcase products.

MA Pavilion at Summer Fancy Food Show – MA Vendors Largest to Date

Sixty-three Massachusetts food and related businesses exhibited at the 2015 International Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, June 28 – 30, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  These small to medium sized businesses met new customers and developed sales from the mostly independent retail buyers in attendance including farm stand operators looking to add Massachusetts value-added products to their inventory. The Massachusetts Pavilion, organized by MDAR, featured products from 26 Bay State food businesses and with a waiting list, was the largest Pavilion to date.    There were 12 first time MA exhibitors.  These businesses play crucial roles as part of the state’s food system.  Whenever it makes sense, MDAR works to make local connections to supply ingredients to these businesses, or for start-ups, work with shared use kitchens across the state. Complete report and list of vendors here. pdf format of Fancy Food Show - 2015



Are you looking for kitchen space?  Shared use kitchens across Massachusetts efficiently offer affordable culinary incubator and production space in licensed facilities, as well as business development support

CWK Pearl, Boston
Website: http://commonwealthkitchen.org
Contact: Jen Faigel or Roz Freeman  roz@commonwealthkitchen.org

Dartmouth Grange, Dartmouth
Website: http://www.dartmouthgrange.org/about_kitchen.html
Email: info@dartmouthgrange.org
Phone: 508-636-1900

Kitchen Local, Amesbury
Website: http://www.kitchenlocal.com
Email: lisa@kitchenlocal.com
Phone: 978-204-3197

Stock Pot, Malden
Website: http://www.stockpotmalden.com
Email: info@stockpotmalden.com
Phone: 781-605-1426

Western MA Food Processing Center, Greenfield
Website: http://www.fccdc.org/about-the-center
Email: nicol@fccdc.org
Phone: 413-774-7204

Online Support for New England Food Entrepreneurs

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources partnered with the New England Extension Food Safety Consortium to produce a gateway website featuring information and resources for the specialty food business.  Information includes starting a food business, business and marketing, product development, federal and state regulations, and training and education.